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Michael Ramirez

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  1. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    AMEN!!!! This was managed to make sure that the American public suffered the worst discomfort over a very minimal spending cut.

    In the private sector, suppliers are asked to find cost efficiencies all the time and many do. But ask the government to get by with 1 cent less and you would think it was an Unamerican request.

  2. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    @Mephistopholes

    I read last night that members of both parties in congress are insisting the army spend $500 million on Abrams tanks the army doesn’t want.

    The army doesn’t want any more tanks until 2017, yet congressmen (again, from both political parties) want to bring home the pork barrel spending. Wasteful government spending isn’t a partisan issue.

  3. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 1 year ago

    Airports are not going to fix runways to save the money to pay air traffic controllers. Let’s see how that works out.

  4. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release said, over 1 year ago

    Ramirez calls it a 2% budget cut which seems small, but when you factor the actual budget minus 2% it amounts to 600 million dollars being cut from the FAA.


    And then you wing nuts wonder why we call you crazy people…

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Jase99

    You got that right, my brother.

    What has congress got to do with how the military makes purchases of weapons systems? Other than as you say (bringing) home the pork.

    Each spending item should be a stand alone bill. No riders, no amendments nothing.

    But that will take too much time and crowd the docket with legislation that has to be reviewed for every single item, you say.

    I say. yes, exactly. Maybe you would concentrate on the necessary things and let all the waste go

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 1 year ago

    @Jase99

    Maybe they’re planning to sell them on the open market. Remember the Hummer?

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release

    come on dude. don’t let the zeros get to you.

    read this.

    http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/faa_%20fy_%202013_budget_estimate.pdf

    Some excerpts:

    "This $15.2 billion budget continues the deployment of key
    NextGen benefits to our aviation stak
    eholders, maintains critical safety pr
    ograms, and modernizes our aviation
    infrastructure at a total funding level that is 4.6 percent
    lower than FY 2012. "

    Isn’t 2% of 15.2 billion 304 million? (math challenged so you do it too)

    So the very next paragraph presents a curiosity:

    “The FY 2013 request of $9.7 billion is an increase of $65
    million (0.67 percent) above the FY 2012 enacted level.”

    So which is it 15.2 or 9.7?

    “The Operations budget request includes
    a $10 million increase for Performance Based Navigation (PBN)”

    “Based
    on the latest industry indica
    tors, FAA forecasts more than
    40 launch and reentry operations in 2013, a tenfold increase
    from 2011. These increased activity levels create a
    corresponding number of licenses, environmental assessments, safety analyses, and sa
    fety inspections, and the
    budget includes $846 thousand to meet th
    is significant increase in workload. "

    The bu
    dget proposes to increase the local cost share cap from
    20 to 50 percent so less cost-effective towers would bear
    more operational costs. Th
    e FAA will also use newly-
    available, site-specific cost information
    to update benefit-cost ratios used to
    determine local share. As a result of
    these actions, FAA anticipates $2 million in savings in FY 2013

    Facilities & Equipment (F&E):The FY 2013 request of $2.85 billion represents a 4.4
    percent increase from the FY 2012 enacted level.

    The F&E NextGen portfolio is $955 million in FY 2013, an
    11 percent increase above the enacted FY 2012 enacted
    level.

    This post is getting to long. READ the budget and see all the requests for an increase from last year.

    Do you think they can forgo some of that and not lay off controllers?

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @Jase99

    Jase99, NBC Nightly News had a story on this very issue last month. They showed the “parking lot” in the desert where the tanks are sitting out in the open air because there are so many of them there’s no place to properly store them. How long before the heat of day and cold of night do enough humidity damage to make reconditioning those vehicles necessary?
    ^
    It should be noted that the money being released in order to keep flight controllers at work is coming from the fund that is supposed to improve airport infrastructure and safety.
    ^
    The congress will probably do this over the entirety of the sequester… ignore problems until it effects so many people that the noise is unbearable, or until it effects them personally.
    ^
    Mostly it protects congressmen who don’t want to be ‘fired’ for making hard decisions from blame, because as so many commentators are pointing out above, “It’s THEIR fault!!! Not OURS!”
    ^
    The sequester is like ants on watermelon.
    Yes, we need to get rid of the ants, but not with Gallagher’s Sledgehammer.
    Pass the tweezers please.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  9. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 1 year ago

    Good idea.

  10. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 1 year ago

    @"trusted"mechanic…
    I’m sure ScottPM will give you a better answer,
    but I read quoted testimony to Congress in a hearing on the FAA sequester, the people working in control towers told Congress that in meetings, the top job holders in FAA said they were going to use furloughs FIRST in order to anger the public airline users, by delayed and cancelled flights to inconvenience them. It was FAA obeying Obama’s agenda to stick it to the Public to try to turn Americans against cutting the massive annual over-spending of the Democrats in power in the White House and in Congress.
    (sworn testimony)….

  11. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The FAA director went before congress two months ago and said the delays would happen. The repubs immedeately forgot it.

  12. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    @disgustedtaxpayer

    Yep.

    He warned us his 2nd term was about “Revenge”.

  13. denis1112

    denis1112 said, over 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    But you parrot the party propaganda and apparently have your head in the sand.If its not to much trouble look up the Budget Control Act of 2011.

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    “Mostly it protects congressmen who don’t want to be ‘fired’ for making hard decisions from blame, because as so many commentators are pointing out above, “It’s THEIR fault!!! Not OURS!””

    The FAA furloughs impact people with money & influence. Not surprisingly, Congress is moving fast to “fix” the problem.

  15. MaximilianG

    MaximilianG GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    …fire the people at the FAA that are responsible for this mess …

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